Do you remember the name of your judge? I was thinking about not doing a legal ceremony and I am so glad to hear that yours was in English! Also, what is the name of your photographer. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!
Originally Posted by nv+gms
We are back! We had a sensational time at this resort and our events. We recieved many upgrades without even asking. We stayed in a honeymoon suite ocean side and all of our guests were upgraded to the premium section. I will post a detailed review in the next couple weeks but here is a summary of the events we had:
welcome cocktail reception at palapa yoga: great canapes. Our friend brought an amazing bose sound system and we danced a lot. We also had a cigar roller which really impressed a lot of our guests. Very good security - they even tried to stop my sister from coming back from the bathroom b/c they said that there was a private event taking place! LOL.
ceremony at beach zocolo: wonderful location - still my favourite. My guests told me that they even stopped people from crossing behind the ceremony. Very important detail for brides who want a legal marriage at this resort - the ceremony CAN BE PREFORMED IN ENGLISH! There was no problem with this - its not a requirement to have the ceremony in spanish at all!!!! The judge was also open to adding anything we wanted before and after his "official speech". He does have a script he has to say and the wording was fine to me - and again - it was spoken in ENGLISH! (only emphasizing this b/c I know a lot of people on this forum have changed their decision to have a legal wedding in Mexico because they thought it needed to be spoken in spanish). I added the hand ceremony and sand ceremony to our wedding and incorporated family. One thing that took us by surprise is that you have to thumbprint your wedding certificate after you sign it - make sure you bring a wet nap to clean your thumb afterwards! The judge had a dry napkin but it was hard to get the ink off our thumbs. I was concerned that I may touch and damage my wedding dress - but in the end this did not happen.
Reception: @ plaza zavas. Very nice location. Food was family style and servers served guests individually. The assortment was amazing and guests loved the variety. The lobster tail was a big hit. Food was plenty and seconds were abundant for those who desired. Amplifier was rented - great sound. The only thing that kind of sucked is that when your time expires - they are quick to shut it down and start removing all the linens, decor etc.- but I guess this is to be expected - we just moved the party to the mojito lounge. We hired the mariachi band - awesome dinner entertainment. Big hit with the guests and nice touch to the ambiance. Our cake was a cupcake cake and it was fantastic - better than I expected. We had a petit cake on top with our personalized cake topper (bobble heads to our likeness). It was a hit with guests and no where near what I thought it would cost.
Farewell group dinner at spoons: awesome too! Menu is std - ceaser salad, bean soup, choice of chicken and steak followed by cheesecake. Great presentation and flavour. Guests all complimented the food. Only thing that happened is that some guests were really hungry when they got there and collected a few plates of snacks for the table from the buffet. Apparently the servers did not look to pleased about this - but did not stop anyone from doing this. The section they close off provides a cozy semi private area for entertaining your guests. I think it makes a nice area for a wedding reception for those of you who are looking to save money by not hosting a private reception. We were an hour late for our reservation - 7:30 instead of 6:30 - and they were still very accomodating.
My biggest recommendation: bring your own photographer if you can afford it. Our photographers were amazing. They captured ALL of our events and had no strict time limits. Other things they did for us:
1. Engagement photos at the tulum ruins
2. Trash the dress #1: used a long white dress from BCBG I purchased and we went to a cenote for some creative photography. They got tonnes of underwater photos of us and photos that captured above and below the water line. These are the photos I am looking most forward to seeing. Even when we felt pressured to get back to the resort because of time constrictions - they kept encouraging more photos!
3. Trash the dress #2: used the original wedding outfits - didn't trash them totally. Lots of cool and amazing shots again. Over 500 photos taken in this session alone. LOL.
Our photographer is from the Toronto area - and I would HIGHLY recommend them to any bride!
I can't wait to see all these pics and more! I will post some when I get them.
Only thing I would do differently - stay longer! Normally we are not fans of staying at an all-inclusive resort for more than a week but we wish we had chosen the 10 day option. Everyday we were busy with one thing or another and when we weren't - we were trying to spend time with all of our guests. It left no alone time to unwind. We decided to go away in April now...Even some of our guests requested info on extending their stay - a testiment to how nice it was to stay at this resort.
Good luck to all the ladies that continue to plan their weddings! I will post better details and photos in a planning thread as I find the time!